The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi has said the present administration in the state will commit more resources to strengthening the primary health care centres and support collaboration between alternative and orthodox medical practitioners towards providing quality health care services to residents of the state.
Speaking during a capacity building for the ministry of health officials organised by the Lagos State Government in partnership with the Royal Dutch Government, Abayomi said the welfare of health care providers in the state will also be prioritised by the Sanwo-Olu administration.
“There are several aspects of alternative medicine that can benefit in orthodox medicine. Many of our drugs are derived from natural roots and herbs. Orthodox medicine uses a scientific approach, while alternative medicine uses a holistic approach. What is most important is giving succour to the patients. So, there is a need for collaboration between alternative and orthodox medical practitioners.
“We are going to ensure that all our primary health care centres are functioning because, with that, the burden on secondary health facilities will drastically reduce. To address brain drain, we are going to work towards providing a conducive environment for our health care professionals,” he said.
A former Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Prof Akin Osibogun, who spoke on the topic, Good governance as a tool for building a resilient health system and advancing rights in Nigeria, said a resilient health system must be able to prevent an epidemic outbreak.
He urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the health sector to increase funding for epidemic preparedness.
Also, the Director, Centre for International Cooperation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Dr Henk Heuvel, said the collaboration between the centre and the Lagos State Government would help in the area of capacity building for health care providers in the state.
“Our partnership will help build capacity for health care providers and address global challenges, such as the spread of diseases among others. We also look at building leadership capacity because we believe that leadership capacity is not just required at the top level of organisation, but also at all levels of organisation,” Heuvel said.